Weekend Rides, March 9 and 10

Our brave Tues-Thurs Riders have been able to get on the road this week, but it seems like we can’t get two good weekend days in a row!  Saturday looks wet again, although we might get a late morning break.  Sunday looks dry and warm.  Here’s the schedule, but stay tuned about Saturday and remember that the time advances an hour on Sunday:

RIDE CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER – Saturday, Mar. 9 – 9:00 A.M. – Goshen Gambit & Shoals Scamper! – Hillsboro Elementary School in Leipers Fork, 5412 Pinewood Rd. – For Saturday, Durk has a moderate route with options of 39 and 49 miles.  Everyone will head west and climb Green Chapel and then enjoy the Shoals Scamper with the long stretch on that fun road.  The Short riders then stop at Fly and come home by the Old Trace.  Meanwhile, the Long riders will complete the Goshen Gambit, taking the full length of that scenic road before climbing up Robert Skelley and Knob Creek.  Here are the cue sheets:

Short route – Shoals Scamper – GPS

Long route – Shoals Scamper plus Goshen Gambit

Long route – Shoals Scamper plus Goshen Gambit – GPS

Sunday, Mar. 10 – 9:00 A.M. DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME – Pancake Polar Bear Ride – Hunters Bend Elementary School, 2121 Fieldstone Pkwy., Franklin – The Club’s most classic event is the regular Sunday Pancake Ride from Fieldstone Farms over to Leipers Fork.  Remember that Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday or you’ll be an hour late!  During the off-season we don’t designate a formal sweeper, but we’ll ride in groups and watch out for each other.  Riders take the rolling course to the end of Boyd Mill Pike and then usually make the climb up Parker Branch.  The direct route then descends to Leipers Fork for a rest stop and heads back for a total of 28 miles.  Many riders will add extra miles from Parker Branch or the rest stop, enjoying the scenic roads south and west of Leipers Fork; the full route for these long riders is usually about 50 miles.  And sometimes we mix it up and do something totally different!

This is not called the Pancake Ride because it is flat or easy, but because you can enjoy some tasty treats at Leipers Fork!  While new riders are encouraged to participate, the route is moderately hilly and is inappropriate for rank beginners.

– Cue Sheet –

Pancake Ride – GPS version

Join us and get ready for spring, just a couple of weeks away!

Larry Lewis, HBC Ride Chair

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